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Suspected Group of Underage Mine Planters ‘Arrested’ in Kunduz

(Last Updated On: June 16, 2017)

Afghan Intelligence Agency has arrested a suspected group of underage mine planters in northern Kunduz province.

The group consist of five members aged between 10 to 17, confessing they received insurgency training from the Taliban and were tasked for planting Improvised Explosives Devices (IEDs) in Afghan police vehicles as exchange for money.

The leader of the group said he was trained and tasked to target Afghan security forces by placing mines in their vehicles.

“Mohammad Agha took me to Malemsher, where I got trained and then he asked me to lead five others fellows. I trained them and came back with mines,” said 17-year-old suspect Ahsan.

“I have placed a bomb in a Ranger, it exploded but the target has survived and it injured three others,” Ahsan added.

“I told Ahsan [the leader] that I don’t want to do this anymore, he said go and don’t do it, but when Ahsan was arrested he included me as well,” said another suspect Zamir.

Zamir said that under the name of Jihad he was encouraged to target government staff.

“I was told to kill even the dog of the government, they are all infidels and it is jihad,” Zamir said.

This comes as Kunduz has been a deadly battlefield  of the Taliban insurgents and government forces in last two years. More recently,  Qal-e-Zal and Imam Saheb districts of the province witnessed serious conflict between the two sides.

“The security forces have had tough time, battling in Ramandan, but fortunately, we have positive achievements,” said Provincial Governor’s Spokesman, Mahmood Danish.  

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